Tank Biathlon's Star: Check Out Russia's Super-Protected T-72B3 (VIDEO)

© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the photo bankRussia's T-72B3 tank
Russia's T-72B3 tank - Sputnik International
During the Tank Biathlon 2017 contest in the Moscow Region, viewers were able to appreciate the advanced characteristics of a new tank Russia is touting for its enhanced armor.

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The international Tank Biathlon contest is under way in Moscow Region's Alabino training area, an event which has drawn spectators to appreciate the sophisticated characteristics of Russia's upgraded T-72B3 tank, according to the Russian news agency Vestnik Mordovii.

The T-72B3 is Russia's latest modernized version of the T-72 Soviet battle tank; it specifically features advanced armor protection and is rightly touted by the media for being "super-protected."

The upgraded T-72B3 tank was showcased for the first time during a rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow.

© Sputnik / Natalia Seliverstova / Go to the photo bankThe T-72B3 tanks seen during the rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow
The T-72B3 tanks seen during the rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow  - Sputnik International
The T-72B3 tanks seen during the rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow

Apart from the new Relikt explosive reactive armor package, which covers the rear part of the turret, the tank is also fitted with anti-cumulative screens which protect rear parts of the hull.

Ever since Turkey lost at least 10 German-built Leopard main battle tanks to rear assaults in urban combat with Daesh during the Syrian War, the world's armies have had to re-think the war machines' vulnerabilities.

The modernized T-72B3 can travel 70 kilometers per hour thanks to its 1,130 horsepower engine, which has improved the tank's mobility despite its increased weight of about 45 tons.

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The tank features a new smoothbore 125-mm gun characterized by increased survivability of the trunk, and the Sosna-U sighting system which helps the tank's crew of three destroy a target at a distance of up to five kilometers.

The T-72B3 is also equipped with a new ballistic computer to increase accuracy.  Additionally, it is fitted with an independent panoramic sight for the tank's commander, with its own thermal imaging device.

At present, the upgraded T-72B3s are entering tank divisions of the Russian army, Vestnik Mordovii reported.

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